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Borstal Boy (2000)
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Borstal Boy (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on Irish poet Brendan Behan's experiences in a reform school in 1942. A 16 year-old Irish republican terrorist arrives on the ferry at Liverpool and is arrested for possession of explosives. He is imprisoned in a Borstal in East Anglia, where he is forced to live with his would-be enemies, an experience that profoundly changes his life.
Style: serious, disturbing, touching, realistic, gloomy, based on memoir
Plot: coming of age, gay, teenage love, friendship, ira, innocence lost, teenage life, school, boarding school, society, youth, politics, clergy, boarding school life, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, love and romance, power relations, reform, sexuality, prison, boxing, soccer, rape, thief ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: ireland, england, europe

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and melancholic films with plots about friendship, drinking, youth, kiss, coming of age, cigarette smoking and love and romance mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres. Some movies like Borstal Boy: You Are Not Alone (1978), Maurice (1987), The Way He Looks (2014), North Sea Texas (2011), Flirting (1991). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
You Are Not Alone (1978)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Young teenager Bo (Anders Agensø) is too sensitive for the hothouse atmosphere of a boarding school run by a cold, unfeeling would-be man of the cloth (an uncharacteristically grim Ove Sprogøe). Lonely and scared, he finds a soul mate in the ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, realistic, sexual
Plot: gays and lesbians, friendship, youth, coming of age, teenage life, love and romance, young lovers, school, parents and children, friends, boarding school life, couples ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: europe, denmark
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Maurice (1987)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 140 min.
Story: In 1909, Maurice Hall (James Wilby) enters Cambridge, where he befriends wealthy Clive Durham (Hugh Grant). Clive confesses he is sexually attracted to Maurice, who realizes he is a homosexual when he begins to return Clive's feelings. The two ...
Style: touching, clever, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Plot: coming of age, coming out, gay, gays and lesbians, gay relationship, lgbt, college life, british, romance, fall in love, college, forbidden love ...
Time: 1910s, 19th century, victorian, 20th century, 1900s ...
Place: england, europe, campus, argentina, buenos aires argentina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
The Way He Looks (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Leonardo is a blind teenager dealing with an overprotective mother while trying to live a more independent life. To the disappointment of his best friend, Giovana, he plans to go on an exchange program abroad. When Gabriel, a new student in town, ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: teenage love, gay, coming of age, friendship, gays and lesbians, homosexuality, coming out, blindness, gay teenager, homosexual, lgbt, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: brazil, sao paulo brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
North Sea Texas (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Belgium
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Pim lives in a run-down house in a dead-end street somewhere on the Flanders coast, together with his mother Yvette Bulteel. Life here smells of cold French fries, cheap cigarettes, vermouth and stale beer. Mother Yvette uses her friend Etienne, ...
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, sincere, realistic
Plot: coming of age, first love, gay, gay love, single parent, gays and lesbians, daydreamer, lgbt, lgbt teen, teenage life, village, teenage love ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: belgium, flanders, europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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Flirting (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The year is 1965 and Danny Embling, is an awkward, underdeveloped teen suffering from occasional bouts of stuttering, attends an all-male boarding school in New South Wales, Australia. it has been some time since Danny has had any romantic ...
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, touching, uplifting ...
Audience: teens, date night, kids
Plot: boarding school, coming of age, coming-of-age, school, love, friendship, loss of virginity, self discovery, romance, social misfits, opposites attract, teenage crush ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1965
Place: australia, paris france, uganda, kenya, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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Full Speed (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A brief extract of four kids' lives somewhere in France. Quentin, who won a writers contest and now pays more attention to his career as an author than to his friends, beautiful Julie, his girl-friend, much more mature than she looks, falling ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, sincere, sexual
Plot: coming out, friendship, racism, youth, betrayal, love triangle, coming of age, best friends, adolescence, youth gang, gays and lesbians, romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, europe, new york, algeria, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
The Run of the Country (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: An Irish lad (Matt Keeslar) who fled from his oppressive, widowed father (Albert Finney) falls for a girl (Victoria Smurfit) from an affluent family.
Style: serious, gloomy, sentimental, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: coming of age, strained relationship, politics, romance, ira, single parent, innocence lost, parents and children, village, death in the family, family in crisis, village life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: ireland, europe, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Another Country (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Set in the 1930s, Guy Bennett and Tommy Judd are friends because they are both outsiders in their own ways. Bennett is openly gay, Judd is a Marxist. It explores his homosexuality and exposure to Marxism, while examining the hypocrisy and snobbery ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: gay, boarding school, politics, boarding school life, coming of age, gender, romance, gay relationship, love and romance, society, youth, couples ...
Time: 80s, year 1983, 1930s
Place: england, russia, europe, britain, soviet union ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Head On (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Nineteen-year-old Ari confronts both his sexuality and his Greek family. Ari despises his once-beloved parents, former radical activists, for having entombed themselves in insular tradition. Ari is obsessed with gay sex, although he does make an ...
Style: sincere, serious, touching, realistic, sexual ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gay, bisexuality, drug abuse, friendship, coming out, racism, unemployment, coming of age, family life, gays and lesbians, human nature, sexual relations ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: australia, melbourne, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.6
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If.... (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The film is a caustic portrait of a traditional English boys’ boarding school, where social hierarchy reigns supreme and power remains in the hands of distanced and ineffectual teachers and callously vicious prefects in the Upper Sixth. But three ...
Style: biting, surreal, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: rebellion, coming of age, social satire, boarding school life, youth, school, boarding school, buddies, private school, social misfits, innocence lost, rebelliousness ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: england, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.1
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Priest (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Father Greg Pilkington is torn between his call as a conservative Catholic priest and his secret life as a homosexual with a gay lover, frowned upon by the Church. Upon hearing the confession of a young girl of her incestuous father, Greg enters an ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Plot: conservative, sexual abuse, gay, church, catholic priest, secret, faith, abuse, girl, incest, celibacy, hypocrisy ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, iraq, liverpool
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.6
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Get Real (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A tenderly romantic coming-of-age story as two boys in a British school fall in love.
Style: realistic, touching, semi serious, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gay, coming out, coming of age, friendship, gays and lesbians, high school, romance, fall in love, teenage life, gender, friends, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, europe, britain, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.3
 19K
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, unemployment, irish, coming of age, human nature, parents and children, prejudice, rich and poor, society, youth, family relations ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s
Place: ireland, europe, usa, new york, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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To Our Loves (1983)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A portrait of youth in bloom; a tale of one family's dissolution; a reflection upon the danger and the mystery in living. Sandrine Bonnaire plays Suzanne, a free spirit and the vessel for an almost Brontëan choler. She's 16, and men ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, sexual, psychological
Plot: looking for sex, coming of age, infidelity, self discovery, love, teenage life, loveless marriage, love and romance, society, youth, couples, family problems ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Outside Providence (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In this coming-of-age comedy, Tim Dunphy is leading a go-nowhere existence, spending his days smoking pot and hanging out with his best friend, Drugs Delaney. But Tim's lazy days of getting high are jettisoned after a brush with the law ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, touching, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, police, revenge, sex, love, suicide, prank, humiliation, college, student, party, high school life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: rhode island, campus, connecticut, usa, new england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Dancing at Lughnasa (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Five unmarried sisters make the most of their simple existence in rural Ireland in the 1930s.
Style: talky, serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: boy, motorcycle, bus, village, family life, human nature, sister, sibling relationship, parents and children, life is a bitch, factory, love and romance ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: ireland, africa, europe, spain, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.7
 5K
Come Undone (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Story of two gorgeous, young French boys who begin a passionate relationship that boils over and threatens to destroy both their lives. Shy Mathieu is 18-years-old and on summer vacation in the south of France. He spends his days lazily sunning ...
Style: sexual, serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: coming out, gay, depression, beach, gays and lesbians, coming of age, romance, fall in love, male friendship, relationship problems, summer vacation, gay relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: europe, frankfurt germany, france, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Beautiful Thing (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A pair of teenage boys growing up in a working-class neighbourhood of Thamesmead, in south-east London, become aware of their homosexuality. While both were vaguely aware they might be gay, neither had ever acted on their impulses. Once they decide ...
Style: touching, realistic, semi serious, sincere, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming out, gay, homosexuality, sexuality, gays and lesbians, coming of age, teenage love, friendship, single mother, single parent, child abuse, sexual attraction ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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XXY (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Argentina, Spain, France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Alex, an intersexed 15-year-old, is living as a girl, but she and her family begin to wonder whether she's emotionally a boy when another teenager's sexual advances bring the issue to a head. As Alex faces a final decision regarding her ...
Style: sincere, serious, touching, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: transsexual, sexual abuse, youth, teenage love, sexual exploration, gender, teenage life, life is a bitch, family in crisis, small town life, innocence lost, couples ...
Time: contemporary
Place: uruguay, argentina, latin america, south america
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Little Vera (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A story about a young woman, Vera, who is somebody, living the life of a troubled teenager in the time right before the end of the Soviet Union. She lives in a very small Russian apartment with her mother and father, however being this close to each ...
Style: serious, cynical, suspense, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: youth, family life, parents and children, innocence lost, eccentric family, love and romance, society, alcohol abuse, father daughter relationship, temper, school, teenage love ...
Time: 80s
Place: russia, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Love in Thoughts (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A posthumous look at the last days of Guenther's life as he, his best friend, and his sister let loose on a four-day binge of alcohol, drugs, and sex.
Style: sexual, serious, stylized, realistic, rough ...
Plot: love triangle, poet, friendship, gays and lesbians, gay, lake, suicide, student, pistol, youth, betrayal, romance ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, pre world war two, 1920s, post world war one
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.3
 440
Fit (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Takes a look at gay and straight love among the new millennials. Everything from secret crushes to homophobic attitudes are revealed by the rambunctious students taking Drama and Dance from Loris. None of the teens are what they seem at first ...
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: coming out, gays and lesbians, coming of age, high school, teenage life, gender, youth, dedicated educator, teachers and students, teenage love, power relations, lesbian ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Tom Brown's Schooldays (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The determined new headmaster of an English prep school attempts to reform the frequently unruly students, who are tormented by a ruthless bully.
Style: touching, serious, realistic
Plot: boarding school, bullying, rugby, coming of age, dedicated educator, hardcase students, social misfits, idealism, teachers and students, boarding school life, teenage life, hopes ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Domain (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Austria
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Nadia (Béatrice Dalle) is in her 30s and begins a serious relationship with a teen named Pierre (Isaïe Sultan).
Style: gloomy, serious, sincere, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: coming of age, gays and lesbians, social misfits, innocence lost, self discovery, addiction, alcohol abuse, gender, life is a bitch, youth, family relations, teenage love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Best of Youth (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 366 min.
Story: Spanning four decades, from the chaotic 1960s to the present, director Marco Tullio Giordana's passionate epic 'La Meglio Gioventu' follows two Italian brothers through some of the most tumultuous events of recent Italian history.
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: politics, society, dishonesty, political corruption, pianist, photographer, police brutality, protest, museum, psychiatrist, letter, interrogation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s ...
Place: italy, lebanon, europe, israel, palestine ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.2
 210
Moondance (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany, Ireland, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The close relationship between two fun-loving brothers comes under threat when a beautiful, sensitive girl arrives on the scene. As the younger brother comes of age, the inevitable jealousy, confusion, rivalry and lust place their brotherly love in ...
Style: sexual, serious, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Plot: love triangle, betrayal, friendship, young lovers, romance, countryside, siblings relations, teenage love, family business, teenage life, coming of age, family life ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, germany, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Heart of Me (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Drama set in 1930s London with two sisters, Madeleine married to Rickie, and Dinah, who falls in love with him. Rickie and Dinah begin an affair which is to have repercussions throughout all their lives.
Style: clever, serious, gloomy, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: infidelity, love triangle, pregnancy, couples, family relations, love affair, romance, parents and children, haunted by the past, fall in love, dishonesty, society ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view.
Style: talky, sentimental, realistic, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: school, boarding school, fascism, teacher, innocence lost, spanish civil war, school dance, dedicated educator, against the rules, coming of age, love affair, teachers and students ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland, italy, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Railway Station Man (1992)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Story: An Irish artist, widowed by an IRA bombing, gradually learns that the American man she has become involved with is not who he seems.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: terrorism, village, politics, dealing with death, rock, romance, haunted by the past, village life, battles, love and romance, state affairs, ira ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, ireland, europe, scotland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Merchant of Venice (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Italy, Luxembourg, UK
Duration: 131 min.
Story: In 16th century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan from an abused Jewish moneylender for a friend with romantic ambitions, the bitterly vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment instead.
Style: serious, tense, clever, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: sea disaster, meat, prejudice, friendship, shakespeare, loan, boat, vengeance, trial, uninhibited rivalry, ship, falling in love ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance, 1930s, 18th century
Place: venice, europe, italy, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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